Petroleum Policy Intelligence accesses a broad network of energy policy-makers to track and analyse the evolution of energy policy in the global industry. With a strong focus on the Middle East and North Africa, PPI provides energy trading, investment and research clients with an inside track on the forces shaping energy policy and its geopolitical context.

The PPI research team advises a wide array of investment and institutional clients through its retainer research, client-driven research and face-to-face briefings.

Core team

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Bill Farren-Price  Founder and CEO

Petroleum Policy Intelligence (PPI) founder and CEO Bill Farren-Price has 20 years experience in the energy industry, working both as a consultant and industry journalist focused on MENA energy and politics. Before establishing PPI in 2010, he led oil research at Medley Global Advisors. He has held senior correspondent and editorial posts with international news wires including Knight-Ridder Financial News (latterly Bridge News), Agence France-Presse  and UPI and edited the Cyprus-based Middle East Economic Survey (MEES). He regularly contributes articles to industry and general media and is a frequent speaker on the region and its energy economy. He is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.


Derek Brower  Managing Director, Research

Dr Derek Brower is managing director of research at PPI. He has almost 20 years’ experience as a journalist and researcher in the energy industry, living and working in the UK, Russia and Canada. He has written for The Economist, Bridge News (now Reuters), the Times, the Guardian and a range of other specialist publications including Petroleum Economist, where he is editor-at-large. He has extensive experience of covering MENA, OPEC, Sub-Saharan Africa and FSU energy and political risk. He holds a PhD in Russian studies from the University of London, an MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), and a BA in History from Oxford University.


Gerald Butt  Director, MENA Politics

Gerald Butt leads PPI’s MENA political coverage, drawing on four decades of living and working in the region. An Arabist, he was born and brought up in the Middle East, and was later an award-winning BBC correspondent based in Beirut, Jerusalem and Nicosia. He then edited the weekly Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) in Cyprus. He is a regular commentator on Middle East affairs, the author of several books on the area, and a reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement.


Ian Jarman  Director, Finance and Administration

Ian Jarman is director of finance and administration at PPI. His career started in the Middle East oil field services sector before moving into IT technical services and sales support with IBM in the UK. After a period working in the US, he has consulted and advised a number of UK businesses on business development, finance and administration. He holds a BSc in Engineering Science from the University of Exeter.